Happy Monday and happy national Crepe day!
Let’s pretend to be French for a little bit and make some Crepes. 🙂
I find it interesting that a dessert that is SO easy to make is considered so sophisticated. But that makes our job as bakers a lot easier because we can quickly impress someone with an easy peasy recipe. People will say “Wow!” and only you and I will know the secret and chuckle silently. 🙂
These can be eaten for breakfast, dessert, snack, or anytime you feel like it. For us, it’s one of those desserts that we can quickly whip up if we feel like eating something sweet, or we have unexpected guests, because most likely we always have the ingredients on hand. I love those kinds of recipes!
Crepes are so versatile you would not believe it! Just look on Pinterest and see how many ways you can eat them. I’d like to do a Crepe cake once, we’ll see what flavor I’ll choose. Here I used apricot jam, but whatever jam you have on hand will make your Crepes very delicious. It may sound weird, but sometimes I like them with peanut butter along with jam.
If you’re feeling fancy, whipped cream and fruit not only tastes delicious but it’ll look very pretty. I didn’t have any on hand, so I just used jam.
Now, if you’re anything like my family, you’ll always have to make about 2-3 batches because they disappear very quickly! 🙂
I also saw chocolate crepes on Pinterest. Imagine the possibilities once you have a good basic Crepe recipe!
(which you do now…*ahem* 😉 )
So, cheer up your Monday with some delicious Crepes for national Crepe day! It’s February after all (how is that possible?!) which means we’re 1 month closer to Spring and Summer!
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp. softened butter or oil
3 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 tsp. rum essence (optional)
1 pinch salt
3/4 to 1 cup flour
Apricot or strawberry jam. Or any jam of your choosing. Top with whipped cream and/or fresh fruit (e.g. strawberries, raspberries)
In a large bowl mix all ingredients in the order listed. It will be make a watery batter, something of the consistency of melted vanilla ice cream. Put one or two drops of oil in a frying pan and preheat on medium high heat for a few minutes. Quickly pour about 1/2 cup of batter in the hot frying pan. While you do this, hold the panhandle and do rotating motions with the pan, so the batter covers the whole surface of the pan. Let the crepe fry for about 30 sec. to 1 min. Then gently flip over with a metal spatula, and fry on the other side until equally golden brown. Repeat process until all batter is used up. Spread a thin coat of jam on one surface of the crepe all the way near the edges. Then roll up the crepe, and top with whipped cream and/or strawberries.